Written for Kurrent Music
Published October 26th 2016
When the news of Pete Burns’ sudden death reached me through Twitter yesterday, I really wondered whether I could get away with writing a music blog about him. The only music I remember from him is “You Spin Me Round”, when he was fronting Dead Or Alive somewhere in the middle of the 80s.
With his big dark hair, he was a typical 80s rocker / pop star, especially with him wearing make-up. I didn’t think too much of it then, but I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted what he was about to get creative with.
It was quite some years later, when I ran across a more recent picture of him and was just as shocked as the next to see his altered face. As musical as Pete may have been in his life, I think his legacy lies more in his gender pushing alterations of his appearance. He was a true artist even when it came to that.